Early Look: Michigan's Top Sophomores

It is never too early to start looking at the potential top recruits of tomorrow. There are a number of talented sophomores who have already made a name for themselves and are on their way to becoming household names in Michigan and on the recruiting trail.

William Gholston - DE/TE - Detroit Mumford
Gholston first caught my eye at the ThinkDetroit PAL combine and then followed it up with a good showing at Michigan's summer camp. Already a fairly filled out 6'5, 230-lbs, he wasn't as natural a pass catcher as I would like to see from a tight end, but he's been a terror for Mumford at defensive end this year. In case anyone was wondering, he is Vernon Gholston's cousin and he has a chance to be a Big Ten caliber player as well.

Austin White - RB - Livonia Stevenson
His brothers (senior QB Mitchell and senior WR Myles) get most of the attention, but the ground attack with young Austin has been a big part of Stevenson's undefeated run thus far. He'll have to fill out a little more, but he has great speed and is a threat to go the distance at any time.

Cregg Bolles - LB - Baldwin
This guy is a tackling machine. Bolles always seems to be in the right place at the right time and is currently his team leader in tackles. At 6'3, 230-lbs, he already has college linebacker size and could grow into a defensive end as well.

Tony Lippett - QB - Detroit Crockett
Lippett has gotten better and better as the year has progressed. He didn't pass too much this year, but when he did, he was efficient and took care of the ball. He needs to fill out (6'3, 165), but he has intangibles to go along with a solid arm.

Patrick O'Brien - TE - Flint Powers
O'Brien played both varsity football and basketball as a freshman last year, that's how good of an athlete he is. He is very strong for his age and aggressive as well. At 6'2, he'll project more as an H-Back or fullback type if he doesn't grow, but this is a tough kid with good hands.

Dior Mathis - CB/WR - Detroit Cass Tech
Mathis is a track kid who has consistently run in the 4.3s. He has played in nickel packages and in some spread formations for Cass this year and should be the starting corner next season. He is a great athlete, the main question right now is size (5'9, 160).

Wayne Pettus - RB - Melvindale
Pettus is lightning in a bottle. He is this class' Darrin Williams as he isn't too big (5'7, 165), but is fast and outstanding in the open field. Also a dangerous return man, he'll have quite the highlight reel by the time he is a senior.

Nate Coleman - OT - Livonia Franklin
When motivated, the 6'6, 315-lb Coleman looks like a big time college prospect. A good athlete for his size, if the fire gets lit consistently, this young man will be a heavily recruited prospect.

Jabriel Hicks - WR - Flint Southwestern
Hicks hasn't gotten too many opportunities yet with Mark Ingram in the backfield and Tyrone Ward across from him, but he has made the most of what he's gotten. He is a tall kid (6'3) who has shown he will go up and get the ball.

OTHERS TO WATCH
Dontavious Bryant - SS/FB - Detroit King
Timothy Jones - OT - Oak Park
Kevonte Martin - WR - Birmingham Brother Rice
Dionte Savage - DT/OT - Flint Southwestern
Terrell Williams - DE/TE - Anchor Bay
Quincy Newson - WR - Detroit Central
Edward Thomas - QB - Detroit Cody


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